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epigram


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Epigram  \Ep"i*gram\,  n.  [L.  epigramma  fr  Gr  ?  inscription, 
  epigram,  fr  ?  to  write  upon  'epi`  upon  +  ?  to  write:  cf  F. 
  ['e]pigramme.  See  {Graphic}.] 
  1.  A  short  poem  treating  concisely  and  pointedly  of  a  single 
  thought  or  event.  The  modern  epigram  is  so  contrived  as  to 
  surprise  the  reader  with  a  witticism  or  ingenious  turn  of 
  thought,  and  is  often  satirical  in  character. 
 
  Dost  thou  think  I  care  for  a  satire  or  an  epigram? 
  --Shak. 
 
  Note:  Epigrams  were  originally  inscription  on  tombs,  statues, 
  temples,  triumphal  arches,  etc 
 
  2.  An  effusion  of  wit;  a  bright  thought  tersely  and  sharply 
  expressed,  whether  in  verse  or  prose. 
 
  3.  The  style  of  the  epigram. 
 
  Antithesis,  i.  e.,  bilateral  stroke,  is  the  soul  of 
  epigram  in  its  later  and  technical  signification. 
  --B.  Cracroft 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  epigram 
  n  :  a  witty  saying  [syn:  {quip}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  EPIGRAM,  n.  A  short,  sharp  saying  in  prose  or  verse,  frequently 
  characterize  by  acidity  or  acerbity  and  sometimes  by  wisdom. 
  Following  are  some  of  the  more  notable  epigrams  of  the  learned  and 
  ingenious  Dr  Jamrach  Holobom: 
 
  We  know  better  the  needs  of  ourselves  than  of  others  To 
  serve  oneself  is  economy  of  administration. 
 
  In  each  human  heart  are  a  tiger,  a  pig,  an  ass  and  a 
  nightingale.  Diversity  of  character  is  due  to  their  unequal 
  activity. 
 
  There  are  three  sexes;  males,  females  and  girls. 
 
  Beauty  in  women  and  distinction  in  men  are  alike  in  this: 
  they  seem  to  be  the  unthinking  a  kind  of  credibility. 
 
  Women  in  love  are  less  ashamed  than  men.  They  have  less  to  be 
  ashamed  of 
 
  While  your  friend  holds  you  affectionately  by  both  your  hands 
  you  are  safe,  for  you  can  watch  both  his 
 
 




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